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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Shotgun Betty HefeweizenShotgun Betty Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 01-16-2009)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some bread and then the typical hefeweizen triumvirate of banana, clove, and bubble gum. Light astringency, actually. The flavor is a bit off in a manner that's difficult to describe, though the right components are all there. Light body with average carbonation. Not bad, though not something I would seek out again.

Thorpe429, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of banana, clove and lemon in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness followed by a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and while the head is decent, it is somewhat lacking for the style; not a whole lot of lacing, either

Smell: Rather subtle elements of banana and bubblegum to go along with the more spice forward elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a lemon and clove spice character jutting forward; a hint of banana appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow, but the overall effect is more lemony and clovey

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of the creamy character but it does have a bit of puckery crispness

Overall: Not anywhere near the great German hefes, this is a decent beer and would make for a good American wheat but it lacks the banana and mouthfeel that it needs to get into the upper echelon

brentk56, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decided to go the full round with lonerider and try a couple of new ones as well while i was at it. a nice hazy yellow pour with a good bit of carbonation coming up towards the surface. a smooth and even lacing that permeated throughout the glass.

aroma is very faint, lots of wheat, hints of light fruit and touches of earthy notes, but again nothing really standing out to me as being different then any other in the style. light flavor but as it warms it starts to come around. nice touches of banana and light bready malts make up the back bone here with a clean and crisp flavor that seems to bounce off the palate. smooth and lean finish leaves you thirsty for more.

not a bad offering at all, just needs a little bit more of a punch.

mikesgroove, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed mix of honey and peach colors, fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly of toasty wheat malt,a light tinge of clove came thru as well.Lighter flavors with more wheat flavors than many of the style,there is subtle clove and banana notes but not real big.Not a bad stab at the style,went down well yesterday in the heat down here.

oberon, May 15, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

oline73, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average wheat beer with modest German flavors.

Nice head with small bubbles and leaves a decent patch of lacing. Mouthfeel is nice with just enough carbonation. Wet cardboard nose. Faint esters and fruity flavors. Some hops give it a touch of bitterness. A little bubble gum. More bitterness than those in the the nice rich, malty German style.

Not much here if you're looking for a Hefeweizen style, but quite drinkable. Could be refreshing on a hot day. But flavor doesn't stay long, like the perfect guest.

mactrail, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.2%

wrightst, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dbrauneis, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep yellow with good carbonation and a big white head. Nose is banana, clove, wheat, good but standard. Taste is a burst of banana, clove and then some wheat. Very nice and pleasant. Mouthfeel is a great combo of good strong banana, clove and a light booze. Very crisp and very drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, in fact it has some flashes of being very good indeed. The problem is, it's a bit too bitter. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm fine with some bitterness in a hefe, but it's a fine balancing act. If you're going to go that route, you need to be sure that the bitterness stays in balance with the lovely yeast notes in the hefe. Done just right, the bitterness can draw a line under the banana and clove and add a nice dimension. A little too heavy handed and you end up eclipsing the yeast and you essentially have a wheated pale ale. This one has some flashes of nice banana and clove, but the bitterness hides most of the yeasty notes. It also fades a bit on the finish and becomes a little too dry and thin. Still, it has some nice notes of banana, grain, and spice that peek through from time to time, and is fairly enjoyable, but I wish restraint had been the watchword here as far as the hops were concerned.

Georgiabeer, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

Your classic Hefe is presented with a cloudy orb glowing lemon yellow with wonderful dark gold hues on the edges. Simple white creamy head. Looks great.

Brings the classic hefe sense, fresh banana ripe and peeled, with hints of clove. Very LARGE nose on this it's very obvious and aggressive.

It feels like a large beer is coming, but even for a hefe on taste this is very light. Light bodied fruit sense and esters, kind of wet with an airy clove finish.

Overall still a very solid beer, but it seems to smell better than it tastes if you ask me. Nobody though, is complaining.

smakawhat, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a hazy gold with 1/4" head. Nose offers clove with a little yeast. Initially this beer tastes predominantly of clove and wheat, but as the beer warm clove, wheat, yeast, and a mild banana begin to blend nicely. The beer is light bodied and mildly carbonated. A great offering!

tdm168, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

sendbeer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, foamy, off-white head, and a tone of carbonation action in the body. The aromas are subtle banana and clove, with a bready backbone, and light cinnamon spicing. Flavors are spice blend forward, with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, on a smooth and sweet banana backbone. Light and balanced. The body is smooth and light, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is like a sweet piece of banana bread, with a slight sugary highlight. Smooth, roasted linger on an otherwise dry finish. Not bad.

GarthDanielson, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to Escargobier for this one - cheers Mike!

It should be noted that I separated the sediment, and poured it back in after finishing half of the beer.

A: Cloudy - it's got a rugged vanilla haze to it that envelopes the light. The separated sediment looks murky and thick.

S: Smoked pork belly and fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

T: Buttery and creamy, it really showcases that hefe flavor profile of banana and nila wafer. It finishes with a good dose of pork fat and yeast.

M: Lighter body then I would have expected, but it's balanced once the dregs are introduced back into the brew. Well carbonated.

O: I do not like hefe's and I never have. Having said that, I can still appreciate a good beer when I come across it, and this is one. It's fairly solid - it doesn't flash greatness in any one area, it all just comes together for a total package that's worth drinking.

I would recommend consuming Shotgun Betty fresh, as I had one but a week or two off the line and it was even better.

Rhettroactive, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beavers for this extra.

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The a medium cloudy honey gold. There is a white head that rises about a full finger but fades pretty quickly to leavea light ring around the glass. The lacing is light.

The aroma is medium showing sweet banana and clove that would expect. Nothing more or less, solid.

The taste is pretty nice. It starts off kinda boring without a ton of flavor but then brings about some nice sweetness and little bitter finish.

The feel is pretty full, light carbonation, and really nice dry finish.

This is really drinkability.

Overall, I'm really pleased. A very good hefe.

jrallen34, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold with a big bubbled collar, no lace, not too appealing.

Smell is pretty esters, classic Bavarian mix, banana and clove, rubbery.

Taste is similar, big esters, tons bubblegum, a touch phenolic as well. Really candied.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, lacking snap.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this is just too candied, and the watery stillness doesn't help. Below average.

ccrida, Sep 28, 2011
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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing Company
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